Short Meteor Storm Visible In The Eastern Skies Tonight

Short Meteor Storm Visible In The Eastern Skies Tonight
This map shows the sky facing southeast from Philadelphia at 11:50 p.m. EST on Nov. 21. Two Alpha Monocerotid radiants are marked, 1985 and 1995. The 1995 radiant was determined by multi-station photography. Photo Credit: https://www.skyandtelescope.com/

Seeing a unicorn is pure fiction unless you look to the skies. The Monoceros constellation, the unicorn, will be the center of attention on Thursday, November 21 as a meteor storm will be visible for only 15-45 minutes beginning at around 10:15 PM Central Time.

According to skyandtelescope.com, this meteor storm could produce up to 400 meteors per hour. It is suggested that anyone wanting to view the storm to find a clear view of the sky facing east.

The source of the Alpha Monocerotids is unknown, but the stream’s orbital characteristics point to a long-period comet with a period of about 500 years.

This nameless visitor deposited a dense, narrow ribbon of debris in the distant past with a half-width of only around 55,000 kilometers (34,175 miles), equal to the distance from the center of Earth to the geostationary satellite belt.

Tonight’s weather forecast could pose the biggest problem as cloudy skies are expected in the evening.

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